Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Kearneysville, WV
Bikes: 2012 Cannondale Flash Alloy 2 (mountain bike), 2010 Schwinn Paramount Series 7 (road bike)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Usually I just get a sore rear and my legs feel like jelly after a long or ride where I'm really trying to ratchet up my performance a bit, but those things are probably normal.
My big weakness is heat. I can't ride if the temperature gets above about 80-85 degrees, especially if it's in the sun. If I'm in the shade, I'm not too bad, but in the sun, forget about it. It doesn't matter if I eat, drink, a combination of both, or don't eat, but I get terrible stomach pains. I've tried eating while on the rides and bring plenty of water but it just doesn't matter.
During the summer months I don't usually ride the bike path near our home because it's more of just a cement slab in the middle of undeveloped land next to a highway. While that's not a problem in itself, it is a problem when there aren't ANY trees to rest under if the need arises. The path may as well be in the desert.
The C&O Canal has plenty of shade so that's where I'll spend most of those summer days. I absolutely HATE riding without any type of shade.